SOME IDEAS FOR DISLPAYING IN YOUR ALBUMS
STAMP STUFF (SOME HELPFUL HINTS???)
I soon realised that the average album did not have the spaces for issues I wanted to collect. So with the use of Word Perfect, Adobe Photoshop and a good scanner printer, I could customise my collections. I did use commercial albums/pages for interest sake, i.e. to see what issues had been printed for mailing letters, etc. One can purchase blank sheets on several qualities of stock, or, photo-copy card stock with your entries on them. A few years back I had accumalated piles of stamps, on pages, on pieces, mint and used. i opened an outlet and went to hobby shows and sold on eBay.
FRONTPIECE FOR A USA ALBUM
41 STATE FLAGS ARE PICTURED. THESE ARE THE ONES I HAVE VISITED SINCE 1967.
FRONTPIECE FOR MY SPECIALTY CANADA
It seemed to me that if I had enough money I could buy just about any mint stamp I wanted. However, to try and find a good used issue was a challenge. The nice thing, too, was that a 'fine' stamp didn't look out of place and it was the acquisition of a 'very fine' replacing it gave me the satisfaction. The modern Postal Services were also a threat to my pocket book. CTO's, uncut sheets, presentation packs have nothing to do with the mail/post., so were the modern issues. TRY TO FIND USED STAMPS FROM ABOUT 2000 ONWARDS!!!!! Therefore, I chose dates that had some meaning for me. GB - QEII - Silver Jubilee, Canada - 1866 - 1996, (arrival in Canada), France - 1889 -1989, (Bastille Day), USA - 1876 - 1976. (Bi-centennial).
BLANK COMMERCIAL PAGE
Commercial stock page from Canadian Wholesale Club www.collectorssupplyhouse.com
UNIQUE PAGE DESIGN.
For this page, I selected the issues from a catalogue, designed a frame, and placed on a chosen page, captioned it with the help of Word Perfect and printed it
USING 'SHAPES' FROM MENU FOR A FRAME
I just use Word Perfect as it was already installed on my first real PC (After Atari)
ALTERNATIVE TO HINGES AND PERSONALISED SHEETS
Using a stock book is also a method of displaying issues especially when you need to compare colours or postmarks, etc.